SAN JUAN – Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto said he was going through an “extremely painful” time over the tragic death of his father, Miguel Cotto Sr., who died over the weekend at the age of 57, apparently from respiratory problems.
“We appreciate all the expressions of love and the condolences. This is an extremely painful time for me, and for all my family. I hope you will respect our space so we can get through this difficult time,” the former World Boxing Organization welterweight champion said in a statement.
Don Miguel, as Cotto Sr. was known, died after stopping for help at a bar in Caguas, outside San Juan, Puerto Rican newspapers reported on their Web sites.
Cotto Sr.’s body will be on view for two days at his Caguas house and he will then be cremated, Cotto family spokesman Jose Pereira said.
Miguel Cotto Sr. was a “great human being” who took his son “to the highest level of the sport of boxing,” Sports and Recreation Department Secretary Henry Neumann said.
“He was an untiring worker with young men in the gym. Puerto Rican sports have lost a bastion,” Neumann said. EFE